We have a variety of sponsorship options and we’re happy to work with you to find the best fit — whether it’s sponsorship dinners or lunches, in kind sponsorships, transportation vouchers or something completely different.

A bit about RCEs

An RCE stands for a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development and it's a network of organizations acknowledged by the United Nations University to educate on sustainable development in its community. RCEs think globally but act locally, having official links to UN agencies while also acting as stewards of knowledge about sustainability challenges in their home regions. The City of Grand Rapids and the Community Sustainability Partnership were jointly recognized as a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE) by the United Nations University in 2007. Grand Rapids' RCE is one of five active RCEs in the United States.

Our Venues

Kendall College of Art and Design

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) prepares students for leadership in the visual arts, design, art history and art education. KCAD also prepares artists and designers to incorporate sustainability and systems thinking into their work. KCAD's newly renovated Woodbridge N. Ferris building earned LEED gold certification.

Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University is a public liberal arts university located both in Allendale and downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. It serves more than 25,000 students. GVSU has also been noted for its sustainability efforts, ranking as high as 16th in the world environment-friendly university management by GreenMetric World Ranking in 2011.

Western Michigan University extension

With over 1,500 students, WMU-Grand Rapids comprises the largest regional location for Western Michigan University. In 2009, WMU-Grand Rapids marked 100 years of service to this metropolitan community. Two WMU-Grand Rapids' locations, the Beltline location and the Downtown location, serve the needs of area residents who are seeking quality education and professional development


Why Support Us?

  • Raise your company's profile among those positioned to innovate for the future and among Community Sustainability Partnership's diverse endorsing partners.

  • Connect with and support highly leveraged individuals selected by the United Nations University.

  • Support West Michigan's sustainable development culture, and the next generation of leaders in sustainability.


Who will be there?


This event provides a unique opportunity to connect with RCE members from 6 countries throughout the Americas and the world including:



Global leaders in Sustainability

University Rectors


Directors of University Foundations



Gold Sponsors

The City of Grand Rapids

Wege Foundation


Educational Sponsors


Kendall College of Art and Design


Calvin College

Ferris State University

Grand Rapids Community College

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Western Michigan University Downtown Grand Rapids


Grand Valley State University


Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors

Downtown Market


Keynote Reception Sponsors


Day Sponsors